Archive for April, 2008

Apr 30, 2008

Photoshop Disasters Web Site


For those of you with a bit of time on your hands (or want to check out just how bad some people’s Photoshop skills are), check out

Here you’ll find some really shoddy Photoshop work. So bad in fact that it’s really rather amusing…such as this Hungarian ad for Red Bull.

Red Bull: Gives You Nightmares


Comment: Red Bull in Hungary makes you wish you had never seen this image. Scrubbing your eyeballs doesn’t work, I tried.


Apr 28, 2008

Mark Hamburg’s Going Away Party

Mark Hamburg, founder of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and former architect of Photoshop is leaving Adobe for a post at Microsoft. Mark, who was the second engineer hired to work on Photoshop after Thomas Knoll, has been at Adobe for over 17 years. He joined Adobe in the fall of 1990–the year Photoshop 1.0 shipped.

He left the Photoshop team after Photoshop 7 shipped and spent time in Adobe’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) where he worked on a “sandbox project” originally called PixelToy which was later renamed Shadowland. Adobe changed that name to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom when it was released as a public beta in January, 2006. See the PSN story The Shadowland/Lightroom Development Story for more info.

Since Mark has been a good friend and co-conspirator over the years, I decided to use some miles and fly out for his going away party at Adobe last week. Mark’s last day at Adobe was Wednesday, April 23, 2008.

Apr 25, 2008

The Photoshop Guys Revealed!

Source: Time Magazine
Written by Josh Quittner

This might surprise the millions of fans trying to guess who’s the genius behind the hit Web series, You Suck At Photoshop, but no, it’s not the comedian Dane Cook. It’s not Will Ferrell, either.

Apr 21, 2008

Just Because you Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should


File this under; EEEK!

The poster above is supposedly done by the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (English: Catholic University of Brussels). I say “supposedly” because according to this Wikipedia entry, last year the university merged with a number of institutions in Brussels (see European University College Brussels), and now has a separate existence only as a legal fiction for accreditation and funding purposes.

But aside from that, do we really need to see an Obama/Clinton mashup? EEEK!

Apr 21, 2008

Liz Hurley confesses love of airbrushing

feature1_mainimg.jpgSource: Telegraph
Written by Sophie Borland

Liz Hurley has risked the ire of children’s health campaigners by admitting she likes having her body airbrushed in photographs.

Liz Hurley likes ‘a certain amount of retouching’.

Miss Hurley, 42, who two years ago vowed never to be seen in a bikini, conceded she didn’t mind being made to look a “bit thinner and a bit younger” as she modelled her new swimwear range.

Launching her new Elizabeth Hurley Beach line, the model and businesswoman said: “I like a certain amount of retouching, like anybody.”

Apr 18, 2008

Recent Photoshop Support Center Issues

Recently listed on the Photoshop Support Center are the following issues:

Apr 16, 2008

Adobe Starts Initiative to Develop Open Format for Digital Cinema Files

New, Open Format Intended to Bring Predictability and Consistency to Digital Cinema Workflows

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. and LAS VEGAS NV — April 14 , 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it plans to lead an initiative to define an industry-wide open file format for digital cinema files to streamline workflows and help ensure easy archiving and exchange. Adobe intends to leverage its successful Digital Negative Specification (DNG) file format as a foundation, and Adobe plans to work with a broad coalition of leading camera manufacturers, including Panavision, Silicon Imaging, Dalsa, Weisscam, and ARRI—along with software vendors, including Iridas and The Foundry, and codec provider CineForm—to define the requirements for an open, publicly documented file format that it plans to call CinemaDNG.

Apr 11, 2008

Upon Further Inspection, it’s his Hand…


Wow, that’s a relief. I was getting a bit worried.

It seems that even Matt Drudge was reporting the story of the “naked woman in Dick Cheney’s sunglasses” but McClatchy exposes the real truth. It’s reported that the Office of the Vice President wasn’t amused.

“Clearly the picture shows a hand casting a rod,” grumbled spokeswoman Meagan Mitchell.

Now, if we can just get to the truth of that artificial heart…

Apr 11, 2008

WrestleMania’s lead-in: ‘Nipplegate’


The WrestleMania banner on the side of the Lynx building in downtown Orlando shows wrestlers without their nipples. A Lynx bus still sports wrestlers with nipples. (GEORGE SKENE, ORLANDO SENTINEL / March 27, 2008)

Written by Scott Maxwell

Anybody who’s ever seen a professional wrestler knows their bodies don’t look like most folks’. But the wrestlers featured on a massive sign in downtown Orlando look even more unusual.

They’re missing nipples.

Yep. John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton and even Big Show. All nipple-less.

It’s rather unsettling.

And Ken-like.

Apr 10, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.4.1 and Camera Raw 4.4.1 Updates Now Available

Adobe has released updates to the Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in to correct for issues found in Lightroom 1.4 and Camera Raw 4.4. The Lightroom and Camera Raw teams apologize for any inconveniences caused by the issues presented in the initial updates.

The Lightroom 1.4.1 and Camera Raw 1.4.1 updates are available immediately as free downloads at Senior Photoshop Lightroom Product Manager, Tom Hogarty, has included a complete list of the corrections on his blog at

Apr 10, 2008

Wonder What’s in Those Foster Grants?


On the official White Page is a photo by David Boher showing Vice President Dick Cheney fly-fishing on the Snake River in Idaho. Nice shot, right? But, what exactly is reflected in his sunglasses?

Apr 10, 2008

You Suck At Photoshop 10–The End of Donnie?


In the latest saga from Donnie Hoyle (You Suck at Photoshop #10), Donnie puts things in perspective using Vanishing Point…

Apr 9, 2008

“Sex and the City” and the Photoshop


Written by Dorothy Snarker

As the Sex and the City movie fast approaches (May 30, have you circled the day on your calendar with a big red pen yet?), new photos of the fabulous foursome have been released to promote the premiere. The ladies look like no time has passed since they first began sipping cosmos together on-screen a decade ago. Ah, Hollywood magic. Still, some news outlets are expressing surprise that the actresses may have been digitally enhanced in the promo pictures. Um, duh?

Apr 9, 2008

New Adobe TV Programming Comes Online

Unique Creative Suite 3 Video Content Available Via Adobe Media Player and New Web Destination

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 9, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® TV, a free online video resource for expert instruction and inspiration about Adobe products, including the company’s Creative Suite 3 family of world-class creative tools. With multiple channels, original series programming, and content from Adobe, leading training organizations and the world’s leading subject matter experts, Adobe TV delivers a virtual library of entertaining and instructional videos. Designers, photographers, video professionals, and developers will find product deep-dives, innovative tips, techniques from luminaries, and behind-the-scenes tours of the hottest creative shops and Adobe product teams.

Designed to educate, inspire, and entertain the creative community, Adobe TV is immediately available online from the Adobe Web site at , or as a network with multiple shows in the new Adobe® Media Player 1.0 software, also announced today (see separate press release). Adobe Media Player offers a broad range of television programming and entertaining video content from major television broadcasters and leading content publishers, including CBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, PBS, CondéNet, and Scripps Networks.

Apr 9, 2008

Adobe Media Player Now Available

New Adobe AIR Application Redefines Next-Generation TV Experiences for Viewers and Broadcasters

Press Release:SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 9, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Media Player 1.0 software. An Adobe AIR™ application, this customizable, cross-platform media player provides exciting new ways for viewers to discover and interact with their favorite content, while offering revenue and brand-building opportunities for content publishers. Major television broadcasters and leading content publishers, including CBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, PBS, CondéNet, and Scripps Networks have worked with Adobe to provide a broad range of television programming and entertaining video content to viewers.

Additionally, Adobe announced Adobe TV, a network in Adobe Media Player with a series of shows that provides expert instruction and original series programming about Adobe products to the worldwide creative community (see separate press release). Adobe Media Player is available for immediate download at .

Apr 8, 2008

OnOne Previews Liquid Resize

Liquid Resize is a “content aware” image resizing application for Mac OS X and Windows. Liquid Resize is now available for download as a Product Preview from onOne Software.

Liquid Resize will allow you to resize an image without traditional geometric limitations while minimizing any distortion that would typically result from changing the original aspect ratio of an image.

Apr 8, 2008

Adobe Aligns Mobile and Platform Operations

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 7, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the alignment of the company’s mobile and platform operations as it moves toward an integrated technology platform and runtime environment for personal computers (PCs), mobile handsets and consumer devices. In support of this strategy, the Mobile and Devices Business Unit (MDBU) is joining Adobe’s Experience and Technology group, led by Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch.

Apr 8, 2008

Adobe’s 64-bit Roadmap: No 64-bit Version of Photoshop CS4 for Mac

Last week, John Nack, senior product manager for Photoshop, posted a blog entry regarding Adobe’s roadmap for 64-bit versions of Creative Suite apps–notably Photoshop CS4. John notes there will be a 64-bit version for Windows but not for Macintosh. Well, the shyte hit the fan so to speak. (read John’s blog entry here). You can read the “official” Adobe statement on 64-bit here(it’s a 60KB PDF download).

As might be expected, there was a whole lot of blame being slung about as well as comments from the digerati (on both sides of the argument) for why this has come to pass.

It should be noted that Adobe has long been about as platform agnostic as any software company can be. All of the mainline CS3 applications are truly cross=platform with the exception of minor keyboard commands. And while Premiere Pro had been dropped from the Mac, it’s back and better than ever. Yes, it sometimes takes longer for the Mac versions-case in point Photoshop Elements 6.0 only recently was released for Mac while the Windows version was released about 6 months ago. There are very few things that Adobe works on that isn’t essentially equal on both Mac and Windows-except for this next version of Photoshop CS4.


Apr 7, 2008

Adobe drops unpopular online Photoshop terms

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

Responding to criticism, Adobe Systems has modified the legal terms for using its online Photoshop Express service, a move the company promised would happen.

Apr 7, 2008

Scott Kelby’s New Nickname–Scooter

Last week at Photoshop World, Scott Kelby was limping along on crutches due to an unfortunate “incident” with what turns out to be a home treadmill. See his admission on his blog. But it seems Scott was able to move around pretty good because of his rented scooter.


Apr 2, 2008

Adobe Delivers Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 Beta

Press Relsease: SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 2, 2008 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the professional photographer’s essential toolbox, providing one application for managing, adjusting, presenting large volumes of digital photographs. Lightroom 2.0 beta will feature enhancements such as dual-monitor support, localized dodge and burn correction and will be the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Microsoft Vista 64-bit operating systems.

Apr 1, 2008

On the Road to Photoshop World-Orlando

No, I’m not going to Disney World…but I am in Orlando getting ready for the kick-off of this year’s Photoshop World.

The theme this year is THE EVOLUTION (probably because of the “evolution” of Photoshop) and rumor has it that Scott Kelby will be dressed as Captain Kirk and the staff will be the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

I’ve already run into Scott (not literally-I just saw him walking by on crutches). Seems Scott had a little accident. It’s either a 1)-a skiing accident while in the Swiss Alps, 2)-a kick boxing accident when delivering a vicious round kick or 3)-an unfortunate treadmill incident. We’ll investigate and report back so stay tuned…

Just found this story from Scott’s blog: I’m Heading to Photoshop World today. On Crutches!